Quinoa Root Vegetable Casserole

by Valerie on December 7, 2010 · 4 comments

Monday Lunch 004



It is officially winter, which means it is time to break out the root vegetables. I find them tremendously comforting in cold weather. Today’s lunchbox of lunch and one snack includes a Quinoa Root Vegetable Casserole (see below for recipe) along with some other deliciousness:

The idea for the Quinoa Root Vegetable Casserole came from a lovely cookbook my husband gave me for my birthday: Gluten-Free Recipes for the Conscious Cook: A Seasonal, Vegetarian Cookbook

Gluten-Free Recipes for the Conscious Cook: A Seasonal, Vegetarian Cookbook (Whole-Body Healing Series)



I have been enjoying reading it the last couple of months, but have not yet made anything from it.  I loved the sound of the Roasted Vegetable and Quinoa Casserole in it, but it calls for beets, which, despite trying several time and in several different preparations, I have not warmed up to.  So I omitted the beets, tweaked the seasoning, changed the quantities to emphasize the celeriac more, and came up with this casserole.  Somehow, one tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil makes this wonderfully buttery, despite it being a vegan dish. 


Quinoa Root Vegetable Casserole (Gluten-Free, Vegan, Soy-Free, Nut-Free)
Inspired by Gluten-Free Recipes for the Conscious Cook: A Seasonal, Vegetarian Cookbook
Makes 4-6 servings

Monday Lunch 015
  • 2 cups cubed butternut squash (about one smaller to medium butternut squash)
  • 2 cups cubed celeriac (about one large celeriac)
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsps thyme
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 cups of water

Preheat oven to 400F.  Combined all ingredients in a large casserole dish.  Cover and bake for 45 minutes, until the vegetables are tender to your liking.  If not, add an extra 1/4 cup of water and cook another 10 minutes (note, I did not find that necessary).  


I am submitting this recipe to Amy’s Slightly Indulgent Tuesday which is a wonderful weekly recipe event. 


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1 missmarc December 7, 2010 at 3:41 pm

thanks for the link to another great looking GF cookbook! I just bought 1,000 GF recipes for my mom&sister; have you heard good things about it?
that recipe looks great, Ill have to try it. it almost looks like it could be a great substitute for stuffing during the holidays!

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2 Olivia (Green Junkie Living) December 7, 2010 at 4:14 pm

Oh my goodness, that cookbook looks exactly like something I would use…all the time. Thanks for the suggestion, lovely!

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3 Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen December 7, 2010 at 9:41 pm

I love baked quinoa! This sounds perfect for a cold night! YUM!

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4 Maggie December 7, 2010 at 10:44 pm

Wow! I love the sounds of this casserole. Sounds pretty easy since you throw everything in one dish…thus a casserole :) I had to pack two lunches last week and I tried really hard to channel my inner-CityLifeEats! I'm at home with the kids every day so it took some thinking! It was kind of fun!

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